Do you remember Allah Azza Wa Jall as much as you should be?
Well, here is a beautiful story about the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and Abu Bakr As Sideeq Radiyallahu Anhu.
We all know that the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam invoked and supplicated to Allah Azza Wa Jall constantly.
In fact, he invoked Allah Azza Wa Jall day and night even though he had been forgiven his past and future mistakes, and this act of devotion of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam impressed an effect on Abu Bakr Radiyallahu Anhu who was frequently in his company - the importance of supplication.
To this, Abu Bakr strove not just to invoke Allah Azza Wa Jall frequently, but also to invoke Allah Azza Wa Jall with the same beautiful invocations that he heard from the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.
Even though it is true that one may supplicate to Allah Azza Wa Jall with one’s own wording, as long as the meaning of what one says is correct, still Abu Bakr wanted to invoke with how the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam did.
It is because Abu Bakr knew that the Prophet knew best what to ask from Allah and how to ask for it.
During prayer, one should especially try to limit oneself, as much as possible, to the Prophet’s invocations, which is why Abu Bakr once asked the Prophet,
"O Messenger of Allah, teach me a supplication with which I can invoke Allah during my prayer."
The Prophet said:
"Say: ‘O Allah, verily, I have wronged myself very frequently, and no one can forgive sins except You; so forgive me with a forgiveness from Yourself, and have mercy on me. verily, You are Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful’."
Alhamdulillah that we learn from such stories about the importances of the deeds we are taught in Islam, and one may truly say that such invocations are taught with words of the heart.
Look at the wordings used by the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, they are just so beautiful and we can not deny that indeed we wrong ourselves frequently and that only Allah Azza Wa Jall can forgive us.
One must keep in mind the highlights of this story which are;
1) Even though the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam had been forgiven his past and future mistakes, he still supplicated to Allah, and this just shows that as a Muslim we are so in need of Allah and that we should not live in this world as if we are not sinful people.
Let us reflect from this story, if the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam invoked Allah Azza Wa Jall day and night and he had been forgiven then how about us? We are not even forgiven yet we forget or are unconscious of the remembrance of Allah, we fail so much on this regard.
2) Let us practice using the invocations taught by the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam in our prayers, in our dhikr and in times when we are not doing anything.
As said, it is not obligatory but it is highly recommended that we use it because they are words that speak out the hindrances of the heart, they are words that are so pure and everything and that is one of the many reasons why we should practice and actually try memorizing such supplications.
3) Always keep in mind that Allah Azza Wa Jall is Oft-Forgiving.
Most of the people nowadays, those who are drowning with sins are given such mentality that no one can help them anymore and that they will be doomed forever. As Muslims, we should encourage our brothers and sisters that Allah will always forgive as long as we repent sincerely and that we should never despair of the Mercy of Allah Azza Wa Jall.
You know that you are in constant remembrance of Allah when someone asks you how you are, you answer with Alhamdulillah instead of I’m fine, when you start to do something you say Bismillah instead of Let’s do this or Aja or okay and when you wish for someone you say in sha Allah rather than I wish for with this you are constantly mentioning His Name.
And we pray that with this story we are encouraged to make use of our tongue not on spreading gossips but on invoking and supplicating Allah and remembering Him that we may always find ourselves attached to the hope of His Mercy.
Story taken from Life of Abu Bakr, Mujahid, p. 131 | Muslim 2705 and Bukhari 843